‘America’s Public Lands’ Lecture & Book Signing – October 29

In partnership with Gettysburg College’s Department of Alumni & Parent Relations, the Eisenhower Institute is pleased to invite you to a book discussion at its Washington, DC office featuring:

Randy Wilson
Gettysburg College Professor of Environmental Studies

America’s Public Lands:
From Yellowstone to Smokey Bear and Beyond

America's Public Lands by Randy Wilson

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 5:30 – 8:00 PM

818 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC


The event will include a reception with light fare at 5:30 PM, followed by a lecture around 6:30 PM.

This event is open to the public, and registration costs $10. Space is limited, so please register soon. ei or call 202-628-4444 with any questions.

Event Synopsis: In America’s Public Lands, Randy Wilson “traces the often-forgotten ideas of nature that have shaped the evolution of America’s public land system” and provides a “fresh and probing account of the most pressing policy and management challenges facing national parks, forests, rangelands, and wildlife refuges today. Wilson explores the dramatic story of the origins of the public domain, including the century-long push toward privatization and the subsequent emergence of a national conservation ideal. Wilson examines key turning points and major policy debates for each land type. This comprehensive overview offers a chance to rethink our relationship with America’s public lands, including what it says about the way we relate to, and value, nature in the United States.”

About the Speaker: Randall K. Wilson is a professor of Environmental Studies at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania where he teaches courses on environmental policy, natural resource management, sustainable communities, and the geography of the American West.

Getting Here: The Eisenhower Institute is located at 818 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC, 20006 (near 17th St NW & Eye St NW), by the Farragut West Metro station on the Orange/Blue/Silver line and the Farragut North station on the Red Line. There is a parking garage located to the left of our building’s entrance on Connecticut Ave.

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Rich Erdmann ’68 receives prestigious American Bar Association Award for Excellence in Environmental, Energy, and Resources Stewardship

Rich Erdmann, Gettysburg College Class of 1968, was recently selected to receive the prestigious American Bar Association Award for Excellence in Environmental, Energy, and Resources Stewardship. The award was established in 2002 to recognize and honor achievement or leadership in areas of sustainable development or environmental or resources stewardship.


Alexis Moyer wins GSA Grant!

Congratulations to Alexis Moyer (ES alum, class of 2013) on winning a grant from the Geological Society of America. Alexis is currently pursuing an MSc in Physical Geography at the University of British Columbia. She is studying the impact of melting icebergs from the Bridge Glacier on the proglacial lake and discharge of the Bridge River. The Bridge River feeds a hydropower plant in British Columbia, and she is using her ES degree well! Check out this photo of Alexis near the Bridge Glacier.

ES alum Elena Rubino

Hi, ES folks –

ES alumna Elena Rubino just dropped by the department for a visit. She is moving to the University of Florida to get her PhD after having completed her MS at the University of Delaware.

The title of her thesis is "Methods for population control: A case study on the axis deer of Maui Island, HI.”

In case you’re interested, here’s her abstract:

This study is an exploration of the social, ecological, and economic components of creating a commercialized hunt of non-native axis deer (Axis axis) on Maui Island, Hawaii. A series of interviews and surveys were used to determine the preferred population control policy alternatives to manage overabundant axis deer. The surveys placed an emphasis on exploring the feasibility of and attitudes towards the commercialized harvest method of control because it is a new and controversial policy alternative for Maui. A survey was distributed to locally owned and operated Hawaiian businesses that may be interested in utilizing axis deer parts in their products or supplying axis deer venison to their customers. Another survey was distributed via mail and advertised in newspapers to the general public of Maui. These surveys polled participants about their axis deer control method preferences and investigated the opinions of consumers about purchasing axis deer venison and other products. A subset of these questions meant solely for hunters—primarily regarding hunter education and attitudes about population control methods– were also distributed to the Maui hunting body through hunting clubs. Interviews with the Maui Axis Deer Working Group were also used to understand governmental preferences regarding population control.

This study is the first comprehensive documentation available to the public that explores the efforts to create and maintain successful commercialized axis deer harvesting in Maui. Survey results indicate that there is ample market demand for axis deer products that would be available as a result of a commercialized harvest. Additionally, it was found that recreational hunting, commercialized harvesting, and fencing were the most preferred methods of populations control and it is recommended that unique blends of these methods should be used for different communities, based on local objectives.

Yes! ES rocks! – John

John A. Commito


Environmental Studies Department

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA 17325 USA

Phone: 717-337-6030

Fax: 717-337-8550

E-mail: jcommito

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